Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pirate Talk

My street hasn't yet been salted or plowed following today's ice storm, which means the hill is treacherous. I'm staying home this evening (sorry SnBers) and talking like a pirate. The real culprit is neither the weather nor the township, but rather Bird in Hand mittens by Kate Gilbert. It's shaping to be one of those Goldilocks projects, pretty and endearingly exasperating. Because she can. Argh.

Bird in Hand mitten

This version is my favorite, worked in oddments of Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Yarn. I first tried the yarn the designer used, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, then tried Frog Tree Alpaca Sport. Both are very nice, but I love the spring and loft of Shetland wool. Naturally, I'm not sure there's Enough Yarn. ARGH.

Making the Knit Unto Others mittens revived a dormant passion for mittens. If that weren't sweet enough, Carole let me know that I won one of the prizes, two patterns donated by Kirsten! I chose Achillea and Augusta. My thanks to Carole and busy Margene for organizing the knit-along and to generous Kirsten for responding with such a nice incentive.

Speaking of sweets, here's a new to me find, a Candy Cane Tootsie Pop. The center seems softer than usual (DH says that just means they're fresh). They are yummy!

Candy Cane Tootsie Pop

And another discovery, this one not so sweet. I received a spam text message advertising a penny stock on my cell phone. I called my telcom to complain. Telemarketers aren't legally allowed to call cell phones, but apparently they can text them – and the recipient pays for the message. Grrr.

The message:
(Hey it's Addie)
Spring forward fall back
Low debt and high profit, thats the type of stock to be in-UTEI

The sender:

It's a reprehensible marketing ploy, which the company mentioned denies using. I suppose it's possible. Many telcoms don't care, because they're making money (but it's still worthwhile to complain). So my ill-wish on the parties responsible is, Bad spammers, may your computers crash!

I was going to add a few more comments about Kureyon Sock, but judging from the vituperation being heaped on the yarn in some quarters (some from folk who haven't yet seen it in person), that's a post unto itself.


Suburbaknitsta said...

I have been getting text spam as well and when I called my carrier (rhymes with horizon) they said there was nothing they could do... I double your sentiment to the spammers... I am so eager to try the noro sock yarn I have never knit with noro period (sacrelig I know) so I figured this would be a great place to start. ;)

Carole Knits said...

I prefer wool for mittens, too. Yours is looking really nice.

Bezzie said...

I never judge a yarn until I at the very least fondle it. I'm not a big Noro fan, so the sock yarn didn't raise my excit-o-meter. If I come across, it, I'll fondle for sure!

I like the way your mittens match your sucker!

Anonymous said...

The mittens are looking lovely, and while the ice might stink, I'm kind of jealous of your snow! Thanks for your concern about my husband- at this point you'd never guess he ever thought he was sick!

Kim said...

I think we all were marooned indoors by the storm last night. SnB next week! I love the mittens and must get me a candy cane tootsie pop. Yum. I'm intrigued by your Noro comment. Looking forward to hearing more.

Jessica said...

Oh I hope you have enough yarn for the mittens, they are so pretty already! I've gotten text spam too. Totally sucks.